Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne Review

Evie Nicholson is an antiques appraiser in London in Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne. When given the chance to appraise a Scottish castle full of artifacts and heirlooms. The McAndrews’ family is in need of some money to keep the castle, and all Evie has to do is find something worth money in their collection. It’s even better for Evie because she is secretly in love with Fraser Graham, who her sister, Alice, is also in love with. While at the castle, Evie gets the chance to attend the grand ball. Can Evie turn Fraser’s head, or will she fall for his not so charming brother, Robert?

Alice Nicholson is as opposite of her sister, Evie, as it can get. Alice is organized and clutter free. Alice loves living in the “real” world and doesn’t understand her sister’s love of what she considers “junk”. Alice get’s Evie a job with a family friend to do some appraisal. Can she get Alice to leave her dead end job, or will Alice hang onto that, just as she does all old things?

I really enjoyed this book. I really couldn’t put it down. I loved the relationship between Evie and Robert. I enjoy stories when the couples do nothing but fight, but are really drawn to one another! This is such a clean book! I will be recommending this to all my friends… and their friends…. And their friends!!! I can’t wait to read another book by Hester Browne! I hope you read this book!

 

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Title: Swept Off Her Feet

Author: Hester Browne

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-1439168844

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: March 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long Review

Phoebe Vale has spent most of her life at the Academy for Young Ladies, moving directly from student to teacher. Phoebe has avidly followed the actions of the Ton through the gossip sheets but never experienced the social life herself until she is invited to be the paid companion of one of the school’s neighbors. With her pet cat as the only family she has, Phoebe has plans for her future but hasn’t been able to really live the life she has imagined.

Julian Spenser, Marquess of Dryden, has been nicknamed Lord of Ice by the Ton. In complete control all the time, he hasn’t made a mistake since he inherited the title from his wasteral father at the age of seventeen. Julian has everything planned out from what to wear tomorrow to whom he will marry but then he meets Phoebe. She is unlike anyone he has ever met, instead of accepting him the way everyone else has she questions and pushes to get to know the real him. Julian finds himself drawn to Phoebe but can he give up his plans for love?

How the Marquess Was Won was a good historical read. I like Phoebe because she was full of interesting trivia facts that she would share, in addition to being so smart but allowing herself to get caught up in the excitement of the Ton society pages. I haven’t read any of the rest of the Pennyroyal series and there were a couple of places in How the Marquess Was Won where I felt like I missed a couple of inside jokes by not having read the previous novels but it wasn’t enough that I was unable to follow the story. I really like Phoebe’s cat and what Jules was willing to do to get her cat back for her. I will be going back to read some of the earlier novels in the Pennyroyal  series, especially the one about Colin (because Phoebe almost came up with a bawdy song about Colin).

You can read an excerpt here.

Pennyroyal Reading Order:

The Perils of Pleasure

Like No Other Lover

Since the Surrender

I Kissed An Earl

What I did a Duke

How the Marquess Was Won

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Title: How the Marquess Was Won

Author: Julie Ann Long

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0061885693

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: December, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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Novel Reaction is excited to share a new publisher, Astrea Press, with all its readers. Over the next couple of months we are going to be posting reviews of several of their books. Astrea Press is an epublisher (meaning their books are published in ebook format) that publishes only sweet romance, young adult and inspirational titles. In celebration of their birthday they are giving away a free ebook each day for the month of February. You can find all the titles they have available for free at their blog here.

Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee Review

Marcy Singer owns the Seven Year Stitch shop in Oregon in Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee. When Cassandra Wainwright comes into her shop, Marcy has no idea her life is about to change. Cassandra’s soon to be mother-in-law is found murdered in front of Marcy’s shop. Marcy becomes a person of interest and she decides to take matters into her own hands and find out who the killer is, before she’s next. Marcy believes the murderer is after the jewels that she was supposed to be stitching into Cassandra’s wedding dress. Marcy must find the killer before she becomes their next victim. To make matters worse, the man who left Marcy at the alter comes back to try and win her over again. Marcy isn’t sure if she wants him back or if she wants one of the other men that are trying to win her heart.

Thread Reckoning is a fun and easy read. The story moves along at just the right pace. I like Marcy’s character and felt she was a good heroine. There was just enough romance to keep it good, but Amanda Lee did not overdue it. I would recommend this book to everyone! It is clean and cute and I hope you read it to find out who the killer is, and find out who Macy ends up with.

An Embroidary Mystery:

The Quick and the Thread

Stitch Me Deadly

Thread Reckoning

The Long Stitch Goodnight (April 2012)

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Title: Thread Reckoning

Author: Amanda Lee

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0451234551

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: September 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.